Feb 28, 2022

The Morrison Government is supporting community groups across Paterson to help them increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

7 Local community groups have received funding under the Morrison Government’s Powering Communities Program.

This includes $5,173 for the Men’s Shed at Maitland to upgrade solar panels, more than $5,500 for the Salamander Bay Child Care Centre to install solar panels, $9,800 for the Police Citizens Youth Club at Nelson Bay to upgrade the lighting for its basketball court and gymnastic space, and $6,500 for solar panels at St James Church Hall in Morpeth.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said this would help local community groups reduce their power bills and emissions while also supporting local jobs.

“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for volunteer organisations, and these grants will be a welcome boost,” Senator Molan said.

“Groups like our Men’s Shed and PCYC’s are the lifeblood of our community. We know that the more they can save on running costs, the more they can spend to support even people more across Paterson.”

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said that lowering the energy costs of community groups would have positive effects both locally and nationally.

“This funding of between $5,000 and $12,000 to community groups from all the 151 federal electorates of Australia will allow them to spend more on their essential activities,” Minister Taylor said.

“At the same time as these groups are providing increased assistance to their local communities, they will be playing a part in our national efforts to reduce emissions.

“Local jobs will be created through the energy-efficiency measures undertaken by the successful funding applicants under the program.

“These include installing solar panels or a battery, replacing lighting with LEDs, conducting an energy audit and upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models.

Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Tim Wilson said that the grants are part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to increase the nation’s energy efficiency, while meeting and beating our emissions reduction targets.

“The Morrison Government is focused on empowering community groups, businesses and households to be part of our journey to carbon neutrality,” Assistant Minister Wilson said.

“Unlike Labor’s tax-first approach, our focus on technology is helping to lower Australia’s emissions, while also reducing electricity bills.”

For a full list of successful grant recipients go to: https://business.gov.au/pcp#grant-recipients